It is much cheaper to buy your own bindings, snowboard boots and snowboard for a snowboard instructor course that is it to rent equipment for the season.
Another benefit to buying your own snowboard and other kit is that you will buy something that works well for you – rather than making do with a rental board and boots.
You can buy at home or in resort. If purchasing equipment in the UK, we have an exclusive offer with Rossignol to get up to 35% this season’s equipment. If purchasing equipment in resort, most shops offer between 10-20% discount off snowboarding gear.
Most people on a snowboard instructor course buy an all mountain snowboard, as during training you need your snowboard to work well on piste, powder, steeps, bumps and some park. All mountain boards are a great all-rounder for anyone looking to purchase 1 snowboard.
If you have a budget for multiple snowboards, please ensure you have equipment that is suitable for all areas of the mountain.
Types of snowboard:
- All Mountain Board – A versatile snowboard that can be used on all areas of the mountain, including groomed runs, park, powder/back country. This is the recommended snowboard for a snowboard instructor course.
- Freestyle Board – Light, short, and flexible snowboards which are designed for the terrain parks and doing tricks – a great play board for days off in the terrain park. We do not recommend this type of snowboard for a snowboard instructor course.
- Freeride Board – A snowboard that is ideal for backcountry riding and going fast on groomed runs. Can be used for a snowboard instructor course, however an all mountain board is preferred.
- Powder Board – A snowboard designed for deep powder, with a wide waist, nose and rocker shape to stop edges catches. Customers with a powder board usually have an all mountain board as well for training and exams. This type of board is not suitable for a snowboard instructor course.
If you participate on a snowboard instructor course with a snowboard that is designed especially for park or powder then you will find training in some terrain more difficult and this can lead to exam failure.
- If you are unsure about the type of board you need, you can buy a snowboard once in resort where our reps and experienced snowboard instructors can help you buy the right equipment for the season.
- A snowboard should be between shoulder height and the top of your head – shorter boards are better for beginners, park riders and people of slight build. Taller or heaver riders should choose a board in the longer range. Intermediate – advanced snowboarders buying a board for a snowboard instructor course usually purchase an all mountain snowboard in the mid-longer end of the height range.
- Flex – most snowboard instructor trainees find a mid-range flex of 4-7 works best for them.
- Don’t buy based on graphics! What the snowboard does is far more important than what it looks like. We know it can be tempting to buy a sweet looking board, but if it isn’t right for the course you will struggle during training and may need to purchase another snowboard.
So the next vital bit of kit you’re going to need is your boots. We’ve put together a comprehensive blog because it’s amazing how easy it is to get it wrong – HERE